Wood Countertops Can Tell You a Lot about the Homeowner
Think about when you visit the home of a relative or friend. More often than not you wind up in the kitchen, where you inevitably make observations and draw conclusions about the inhabitants, either consciously or unconsciously. If you’re like most of us, you can’t help but check out the major appliances, in particular the refrigerator and range; small appliances out on counters, such as toasters, broilers and blenders; and of course, the kitchen’s counter and island tops.
Wood countertops typically signal that the homeowner loves nature and the warmth that wood imparts to kitchens. They can also indicate that the chief cook of the household plays an active role in meal preparation - cutting, slicing, dicing and maybe even chopping on the wooden surface. Wood counters are especially suitable for avid bakers; you simply can’t find a better surface on which to knead, roll and cut dough than a butcher block top.
Butcher Block Countertops Come in a Variety of Species
We offer premium counter and island tops made of butcher block in the four most popular species of North American hardwood: hard maple, American cherry, red oak and black walnut. Among these species, maple is the hardest. It’s also the most neutral in appearance. It features light to medium browns and soft, uniform grain structure. In contrast, red oak is characterized by richer, bolder browns, plus hints of gold and pink and amber tones. Its grain pattern is also more pronounced.
Walnut is by far darkest of the three hardwoods in the tan-to-brown color range. While it shows some tan and cream, medium to chocolate browns dominate. Cherry, of course, skews a bit red, revealing pink to reddish-brown hues, plus streaks of pale yellow. It starts out somewhat pale, but patinas over time.
Butcher Block Counter and Island Tops Come in Three Different Grain Styles
Edge-grain countertops feature wood rails that run the full length of the counter. Their top reveals the edges of sawn boards. Blended-grain counters are similar, but incorporate multiple pieces of wood in each lengthwise span, except for the outermost spans. That’s why they’re also known as jointed edge-grain boards. Either style is quite suitable for preparing and serving meals, but if you intend to do much cutting directly on the countertop, you should consider an end-grain counter top instead. Their highly fibrous surfaces, which are comprised of the cut ends of boards, can better absorb sharp blades, plus they're easier on knife blades.
Choose a Custom Countertop if a Standard Size Won’t Fit
Each type of countertop comes in a number of different thicknesses and in standard widths and lengths. If you can’t find a standard size that meets your needs, you have the option of ordering a custom countertop. We make it incredibly easy to generate a quick price quote on a made-to-order countertop that suits your exact needs. Simply click on Custom Countertops in the main menu bar, then specify a wood type, grain style, finish and dimensions. You’ll even have a choice of four different profiles for the edges of your tops. Immediately you will be presented a price quote for your custom top.
John Boos Manufactures These Kitchen Counters Right Here in the USA
Boos has been in the business of making fine butcher block products for more than a century. Their craftsmen rely on the extraordinary expertise accumulated over many decades in shaping the very finest counter tops made of butchers block. Please recognize though, that wood work tops finished with food-safe natural oil (an alternative varnish finish is also available) do require regular re-application of food-safe oil in order to keep them moisturized and protected against drying and cracking. Also, it’s important that you clean up any spills promptly in order to prevent staining. It’s a small price to pay in exchange for the luxury of beautiful, durable and sustainable hardwood kitchen counters.
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